Humanitarian Mission in Dominican Republic Continues

MIAMI – A U.S. Coast Guard aircrew medically evacuated a severely dehydrated and ill pregnant woman from the isolated town of Altos de Calfora to the town of Arenoso, Dominican Republic Tuesday, after transporting rations of food to Arenoso during humanitarian missions in the Dominican Republic.

Coast Guard aircrews flew a total of 17.5 hours Tuesday during 10 sorties and have, since Thursday, saved 59 lives, assisted 22,175 lives, distributed 27,344 rations of food and 72,940 rations of water. Tropical Storm Noel is responsible for taking the lives of more than 83 Dominicans since the Storm made land fall Oct. 31.

The crew of an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter transported 500 rations of food to the distribution site in the town of Arenoso, Dominican Republic. As the crew returned to San Isidro Air Base, Dominican Republic they saw people in the town of Altos de Calfora waving to them for assistance. The Coast Guard aircrew responded to a medical emergency and evacuated a pregnant woman who was gravely ill, severely dehydrated and malnourished. The woman was transferred to medical personnel in the town of Arenoso.

The crews of two HH-60 Jayhawk helicopters and another HH-65 Dolphin helicopter transported 4,339 rations of food and 249 hygiene kits to San Jose de Ocoa, Autec and various villages along the Yuma river. The Dolphin helicopter crew also transported a Red Cross and a World Food Program representative to the town of Arenoso.

The Coast Guard has been providing assistance in the Dominican Republic since Thursday after humanitarian relief and search and rescue assistance was requested by the country’s president from the United States through the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo.

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